Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New year for the nursery

This past month has been so
(ha! what an understatement!!) getting ready for the upcoming year in our church nursery.

Finally left the building tonight at 7:30.

Bulletin boards done.
New name tags done.
Pockets have names on them.
Toys have been redistributed among the 6 classrooms.

Tomorrow is the big day! Ready for approximately 52 kids during 2nd service and 48 little ones 3rd service.

We have 26 workers and a few parent volunteers tomorrow to make up for the needed teachers remaining. We still are looking for 4-5 more teachers and 7 more helpers. Pray with me for that! On Facebook, I was reminded of this verse: I will
answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking
about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
~ Isaiah 65:24, NLT

I was working on my computer doing nursery stuff when God brought another verse to mind this week "Have no anxiety about ANYTHING" I'm not too good at that. "But in every thing be thankful" Not so good about that either sometimes.

Praising God for those who work with me and for all the sweet little munchkins who will be coming tomorrow! Some will be a little scared perhaps or anxious themselves going into a new classroom with new teachers. But soon they will love it! And they'll be learning about Jesus!

My Sophia is anxious herself. It will be her first Sunday out of the nursery. She has loved being with me every week. I've spoiled her rotten. Always there if she cries. She's been telling her mommy that she doesn't want to go to church this week. I wish I could be her teacher, but I can't. So Papa said he will go with her to Sunday School tomorrow. So she won't be scared. She was all smiles when she heard that he would be there for her. We are hoping she will soon learn to love going to Sunday School without Nana or Papa to be by her side.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


The other evening we were watching PBS, a travel show (that is what older boring people do, you know!) when we were surprised by this!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day

Today was Labor Day and boy did I labor! Went to church at 9:30 where I met Sarah Friesen. We spent until noon going through toys and moving toys to appropriate rooms. We have sooooo many little ones that we've had to add a classroom to our nursery, making 6 rooms for kids 2 and under! After Sarah left, I kept working - getting new playdough for the rooms (the old stuff was awful!), doing a couple bulletin boards, and so on an so forth. I am exhausted and can't wait to sit in the hot tub!

We celebrated Labor Day yesterday with the family. Went to Lyons to Al's brother's home. They live in this beautiful Victorian!

Such ornate woodwork! They don't make them like that anymore!

This is Reuben and Brenda. We are so grateful for the Lord's work in Reuben's life. He almost died a few weeks ago when he fell out of a hayloft and the elevator toppled on top of him. He was life-watched to Wesley and although he still has some bad days, we are so happy he is alive and doing so well.

We relaxed by the pool

and some of us went in the pool too.

Reuben grilled burgers.

Every one brought potluck. Why is it called pot "luck"? We aren't always so lucky. We Grabers sometimes bring the same food - like the time we all ended up bringing green bean casserole. Yesterday we all brought chocolate brownies or pies. So funny!

The flies were atrocious!! But the food was still good. We just had to keep waving the flies away.

After eating, we played a game where we tossed water balloons and our team member had to catch them in a bucket.

Amazingly, Hannah's water balloons didn't pop!

Sophia wanted to try too. It was so fun!

Tomorrow is back to laboring. No rest for this weary soul for a few days anyway.